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hi my dads an alcoholic.. just for the last 3 weeks hes been having loose stooles... and sleeping all the time!! i have in mind whats happening but wanted medical advise.?? wanted to know is his body shutting down??x
Hi Katrina. Unfortunately, there are no doctors on this forum to advise you, and even if one was here nobody can diagnose your dad over the internet. Is your dad actually sleeping or is he passed out? Is it a cycle of drinking and passing out over and over again or has he been out of it completely for over a day? If you can't wake him and get some kind of reasonable response out of him, you need to call an ambulance. If he's like most long-term, late-stage alcoholics, that's the only way he'll ever see a doctor.
Loose stools are pretty common with alcoholics, but if he's got all-out diarrhea and has had it for more than a couple days on top of drinking, he's probably dehydrated at the very least. Are you an adult and is there anyone else there with you?
Katrina welcome, you are in the right place for support. Granted if you have a medical emergency with your father and you see at any point them being unresponsive please contact your local emergency response team. Loose stools can be common in an alcoholic, so can the lack of bladder control. Some alcoholics drink to the point where they pass out and their body literally shuts them down. I have woken up to my alcoholic laying out in the yard, on the porch, and in the bathroom sleeping.
As a precaution you can roll them on their side in case they are to throw up so they do not choke until you can get them some sort of medical attention.
Are you by yourself with your father and yes is there any other adult present that you trust that you can go to for help with this?
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